The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An adventure story for children, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun-filled book that shows life along the Mississippi River in the 1840s. Written by Mark Twain, the book shows masterfully-done satire, racism, childhood, and the importance of loyalty and courage- no matter the cost.

Details The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

TitleThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Release DateFeb 28th, 2006
PublisherPenguin Classics
GenreClassics, Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature, Childrens, Academic, School, Novels, American

Reviews The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Nataliya
    I was five and a half years old when my mother gave me The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a New Year's gift (she is a literature teacher, and I have been reading novels since the tender age of four or so, and so it seemed appropriate).Being a diligent and serious child (neither of those qualities have stuck with me, unfortunately), I opened it to page 1 and started reading. I even took it with me to kindergarten, where other kids were learning lette...
  • Lisa
    So, my daughter just started reading Tom Sawyer for the very first time, and I am jealous of her!First of all, she can read it in original, while I read it in translation as a child. Second, I wish I could still have that immediate, surprised response to the silly situations. About every five minutes, she comes into my room, reading out loud some funny quotes, making the scenes come alive in my memory again. The fight between the two boys threate...
  • Always Pouting
    My coworker and my boyfriend made fun of me when I was reading this because apparently it's written for children and they both read it when younger. I have nothing to say in my defense, I didn't know I don't know most things if that isn't obvious by now. On a related note I probably would have enjoyed this more when younger. It wasn't bad, it was okay but I wasn't really itching to keep reading it and didn't have that usual urge that I get when r...
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    عن مغامرات الطفل الشقي توم سوير وأصدقاءهThe adventures of naughty little boy, Tom Sawyer and his friends.You won't believe it wrote 150 years ago,as Mark Twain's procedure is simple and fluid. He do not show off with language techniques or dictionary's vocabulary. just adventures and events, no silly metaphors an enjoyable novel that i have read at one session On starting reading "Huckleberry Finn", I knew that i...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom and Huck #1), Mark TwainThomas "Tom" Sawyer is the title character of the Mark Twain novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884), "Tom Sawyer Abroad" (1894), and "Tom Sawyer, Detective" (1896).Tom Sawyer, an orphan, lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missou...
  • Petra-X
    Update All we need now is a "lost" manuscript by Twain to be found by some lawyer with the story being about an adult Tom Sawyer and this book being the one the editor "forced" Twain to write. I know you are probably thinking that is taking Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman to far, but what if that was just the beginning of a new initiative from publishers. It could be the latest fashion now no-one is interested in vampires any more?__________What h...
  • Doug
    My all-time favorite work of fiction. I usually read this every summer.As a fourth grader I read this book and took it very seriously. It was my dream to build a raft and go adventuring. Actually I did build the raft, but there was not enough water in the creek.My other great ambition was to come marching into my own funeral. I still think that would be fun. When I read about Tom taking a licking for Becky Thatcher in school and sharing his cake ...
  • Evgeny
    Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark TwainThe above quote comes straight from the preface of the book and I really ...
  • Justin Tate
    Despite knowing this story front-and-back, it was nice to finally read the unabridged words of one of America's finest storytellers. The scene with Tom lost in the cave is notably incredible, but Twain's folksy prose is a delight throughout. I'm not as familiar with the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Can't wait to start that one soon!
  • Fabian
    Been a while since Huck Finn, & I finally got around to reading this, a certain preparation text for the Mississippi River classic. This one is considered far inferior, & it is. Although, I must admit, the opening is stronger and the adventures are more varied. There is substantially more comedy in this, more of a dabbling with the picaresquefar more enjoyable then. But Huckleberry has a more pervasive pathos than this one: overall, a stronger se...
  • James
    Book Review 4+ out of 5 stars for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a classic novel written in 1876 by Mark Twain. Another book where there are likely tons of reviews, each covering the plot, summary, characters, writing and themes. I'll try not to do that, but instead a few quick hits on what made me like this one so much. An author's job is difficult. You undoubtedly have hundreds of ideas and images swimming around inside your head. You may want ...
  • Sean Barrs
    How many people get to crash their funeral?Is it sort of weird that I want to do this? I mean it would be such a fun surprise for people or bad depending on what they thought of you. Imagine going to the funeral of your sworn enemy and then he bursts through the door, youd be so disappointed or as equally amazed if you just buried your best friend and he turns up to say hi. It something to ponder at least, other than that this book is pretty shit...
  • Em Lost In Books
    3.5* a good, funny story.
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    There are few children's stories as memorable for boys as Tom Sawyer. Whether it is pre-adolescent fascination with girls, getting away with not working, or a late night adventure - Tom Sawyer has it all in spades. My kid absolutely loves this book and we go back to it every few years over and over again. It is a true reading pleasure which you should absolutely not deprive yourself of.
  • Carmen
    "Looky-here, Tom, being rich ain't what it's cracked up to be. It's just worry and worry, and sweat and sweat, and a-wishing you was dead all the time."This book is great. I hadn't read it in years, and found it just as good as the previous times I've read it. An American classic by the late, great Mark Twain.Tom Sawyer isn't really a bad kid although he's always painted and remembered as a little troublemaker, the truth is he has a strong consci...
  • Melki
    Twain takes a hard-hitting look at the dark, seamy underbelly of an American childhood.Who'd a thunk that this small Missouri town could be such a horrifying place to spend one's formative years?So much ignorance and superstition . . . "You got to go all by yourself, to the middle of the woods, where you know there's a spunk-water stump, and just as it's midnight you back up against the stump and jam your hand in and say: 'Barley-corn, Barley-cor...
  • Merphy Napier
    This story perfectly captures the logic, mindset, and rational of children. I loved seeing the way these kids viewed the world, and I loved their rational when their worldview was proven wrong. The strongest ellement of this book is the way Mark Twain was able to get into the minds of children and depiction it so perfectly on the page. The thing I didn't love as much was the meandering plot. There was clearly a direction and purpose to this story...
  • Nathan
    There's not much that can be said about this book by a hack like me that would do it justice. Mark Twain was the first American writer to figure out how to turn the American vernacular into art, and he was the first historian to document how we talked. He also was a visionary who saw the problems of race and the problem racism would be in the future, and he tried to warn the future the only way he knew how: by writing about it then. He was gutsy ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    This coming of age novel is an important American classic because:1) It is the precursor for the bigger and more important Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.2) It is a historical fiction giving readers a glimpse of the laid back town's life in the mid to late 19th century. The town is called St. Petersburg that is based on Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of Mark Twain. This book is basically a satire of the customs and superst...
  • Trish
    This is my first Mark Twain. Yep, you read that correctly. Of course I knew the author. I knew his actual name, how this pen name came about, that he was a cat lover, that he might have been a child of his time but also highly critical of certain social matters such as slavery. But I had never read his books. It was about time. And the current weather (hot and often humid too) was perfect as a setting.This is a book for younger readers. The prota...
  • unknown
    As a child, nothing terrified me more than being lost. My parents found this hilarious. Every time we went on a road trip, my dad would wait a few hours and then start moaning that we had somehow gotten lost. "We're looost! We're looost!" he would wail, and in the backseat I would immediately start bawling. My vivid memories of this suggest that the fear grabbed me long after I should have been old enough to realize that a little kid can't really...
  • Ujjawal Sureka
    Genre: Satire, Folk, Children's literaturePublication Date: 1876Liked this book a lot.: Its full of adventures and frolic.: The style of writing is fun and animate.: The characters do seem original as claimed by the author, their talks are musing.: Love the language used.: Apart from being funny, the stories also offered a lot of great insights and life lessons.: All kinds of emotions are expressed very beautifully and sometimes rather poetically...
  • Virginie
    The strength of this classic novel is in the way children are depicted, with their naivety and neverending imagination. In that way, it made me think of Anne of Green Gables. I really liked discovering the era described by Twain, like all the weird superstitions and the cultural changes since then.I wasn't that enthralled but it was a cute story.
  • Miquel Reina
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the great classics of English literature and I think one of the most important books for any writer. I read the adventures of Tom Sawyer when I was a child, but I still remember with a smile the wonderful story of Mark Twain.Spanish version: Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer es uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura inglesa y un referente para cualquier autor actual. Leí la aventuras de Tom Sawyer cuando e...
  • Katherine Elizabeth
    So, I reread this and gave it another shot! And unfortunately, I still can't give it 3-stars; not when it dragged as much as it did for me. Still, I feel like this is a me thing because I can completely see why so many people love this novel; but it's not my cup-of-tea and I don't think it ever will be.
  • Nandakishore Varma
    What to say about this book?Tom Sawyer is an intrepid adventurer, an incurable romantic, a devious trickster, a mischievous imp, a hopeless dreamer... a lot of things rolled into one. He is THE BOY who epitomises boyhood.As Bertie Wooster would say - he reminds me that I too, once, lived in Arcady.
  • Dannii Elle
    I feel a certain sense of guilt when I don't enjoy a classic. I find myself filled with sorrow at having missed what is so beloved or important about a text to have allowed it to stand the test of time. Nethertheless, here we are.Whilst this did not begin as an unenjoyable novel, I found myself weary with the repetition of Tom's antics, as this wore on. The headstrong Tom Sawyer, who made for such an initially witty and clever protagonist started...
  • N.N. Light
    One of the greatest novels ever written about life and society in the 19th century. I'm furious that schools are banning this book due to language. Instead of banning, use it as a teaching tool. *smh*My Rating: 5++ stars
  • Bradley
    Mark Twain, or rather, Samuel Clemens, was a special man. When he wasn't hating everyone generally but loving them individually, he was writing very observant tales that did much more than scratch the surface of hypocrisy, racism, and the gullibility that resides in us all.I'm a fan. A big fan. And the man was very witty. "There is no weather in this book." God. I love this shit.So when I finally get around to re-reading his old stuff like Tom Sa...
  • Natalie Monroe
    Three things I've learned from reading Tom Sawyer:1. Marbles are an acceptable form of currency. So provided I didn't throw out my set when I moved, I'm rich and can whitewash as many fences as I want.2. Boys are dicks to the girls they like.This is a lie.This is the more likely scenario.3. Books read better when you're not being forced to read them.Next on my required reading list is The Great Gatsby. Mother have mercy...